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December 17, 2014

A Jeep And A Teardrop

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

You might recall that in 2012, Mike and I traveled the country in a teardrop trailer that I adored. When Sean came to live with us, however, there just wasn’t enough room for all three of us in that tiny trailer, so we sold it to Stacey and Dan, my sister and brother-in-law.

They now have the PERFECT tow vehicle to match it!

A Jeep and A Teardrop from Starling Travel

Here is another photo from the other side.

Jeep Rubicon and Teardrop American Outbacker from Starling Travel

Even though that Jeep can haul WAY more than that tiny teardrop, they look absolutely perfect together and I die of jealousy every time we go camping together!

You can see this camper in full here:

December 16, 2014

Camping In Yellowstone

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Wyoming — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

This photo just made me wish so hard for a time machine.

Camping in Yellowstone from Starling Travel

I really believe that if I invented a time machine, I wouldn’t use it to kill Hitler. I would use it to travel to a Yellowstone that was filled with bears and retro campers. Is that wrong?

December 15, 2014

A Better Homemade Awning

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

I have finally done it. I have made a good awning, that is lightweight, adorable and sturdy in the wind!

A Better Homemade Awning from Starling Travel

Here it is from another angle:

Homemade Awning on a Jayco Tent Trailer from Starling Travel

If you remember, I had some trouble with my awning before. You can read about it here:

I fixed the problem of it falling down in the wind and made it even more portable. Read more to see how: (Continue Reading…)

December 14, 2014

Why RVs Are Better Than Hotels

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 10:25 am

This video is EXACTLY why I love my tent trailer and would rather stay in it than a hotel room.

Here are Chuck’s reasons RVs are better than hotels:

  • You load your luggage once. No packing and unpacking in each city you stop.
  • You have your own closet and sleep in your own bed.
  • You have your own stocked refrigerator, not a mini-bar with overpriced items in it.
  • You can cook healthy meals in your RV and save money.
  • You know who slept in your RV bed the night before.
  • Your RV is cleaned by you, so you know how clean it is: no bed bugs, strange bodily fluids or uncleaned glasses.
  • Hotels are not always near the places you want to visit.
  • No elevators or long hallways to negotiate with luggage. Just pull into your spot and go.
  • You meet cool people at campgrounds.
  • Campfires!!
  • RV campsites cost less than hotel rooms and are sometimes free.

This is a great list, but it’s kind of skewed toward luxury RVs, which are EXPENSIVE!!

We have a tiny tent camper with no bathroom or fridge. You can see it in this photo compared to a large fifth-wheel next to it:

Even A Tiny Camper Is Better Than A Cheap Hotel from Starling Travel

How does it compare to a cheap hotel room?

EVEN BETTER! Here’s why:

  • Easier to park than a huge camper. We literally can ROLL it into the campsite by hand if we need to.
  • A spot near the campground bathroom is WAY better than emptying a black water tank.
  • We only spent $1200 on the camper two years ago. No payments. Those inexpensive campsites really do cost LESS than a cheap hotel room because we didn’t pay a ton of money for our camper.
  • We can still sleep in our own bed and cook our own food.
  • We get 25 mpg with our car pulling our tent camper, so gas is as cheap for us as it is for a hotel traveler.

I have no desire to go back to hotel traveling. Whenever I have to stay in a hotel, I feel put out and miss my little tent trailer. If you feel as if camping in an RV is roughing it, you have the wrong idea. If you WANT to rough it, then I understand how sleeping in an RV might not feel right, but if you just want to travel the country and enjoy beautiful views, then an RV is the best way to go.

November 8, 2014

RV and Motorhome Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

This video is a nice and quiet walkthrough of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN.

I so want to go there and look at all the old trailers in person!

November 7, 2014

No Synonym for God Is So Perfect As Beauty

Filed under: Camping,Hiking,Photos — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

This quote about beauty reminded me why I love to go to the mountains.

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening - still all is Beauty! John Muir from The Quotations Page

It reads:

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty!

  • John Muir

This is why I go camping and hiking, to experience that overwhelming spiritual feeling of pure beauty. When I go too long between camping trips, my feet become eager to leave home behind and go in search of the mountains.

November 6, 2014

Camp Kitchen from heztherock on YouTube

Filed under: Camping,Food — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

This is a pretty good chuck box made by heztherock on YouTube.

Camp Kitchen from heztherock on YouTube at Starling Travel

He seems to have everything that you need.

Camp Kitchen from heztherock on YouTube at Starling Travel

It’s a pretty small box when it’s all folded up.

Camp Kitchen from heztherock on YouTube at Starling Travel

I like how the shelves pull out like drawers.

This is a good video showing the camp kitchen setup.

Here it is full deployed on a campout.

November 5, 2014

Camp Kitchen from PNY Prepper on YouTube

Filed under: Camping,Food — Laura Moncur @ 1:00 pm

I am impressed with the ingenuity of this camp kitchen from PNY Prepper on YouTube.

Camp Kitchen from PNY Prepper on YouTube at Starling Travel

He started with a Hitch Cargo Carrier and built his camp kitchen to fit within it.

Camp Kitchen from PNY Prepper on YouTube at Starling Travel

It looks great all set up!

Camp Kitchen from PNY Prepper on YouTube at Starling Travel

I love how he shows the design details, like this pvc pipe that provides support for the lid/counter.

This video is a little long, but it’s a really interesting version of a camp kitchen.

October 10, 2014

How To Make Coffee With A Percolator

Filed under: Camping,Food — Laura Moncur @ 12:47 pm

We always stay at a campsite with electricity, but I keep hope alive that someday we will boondock, so when we do, I want to be able to have a good day and a day isn’t good unless I’ve had my coffee.

So, I found this percolator at the local thrift shop:

How To Make Coffee With A Percolator from Starling Travel

If you aren’t lucky enough to find one at a thrift shop, you can find one here at Amazon: Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator at Amazon.com

I remember my grandmother making coffee every morning with one of these, but I had no idea how to use one. This video helped me greatly.

I never remembered my grandma having filters, so I tried it without them. It wasn’t a good idea. I had a lot of grounds escape into the pot.

Use A Filter When You Make Coffee With A Percolator from Starling Travel

And into my cup.

Use A Filter When You Make Coffee With A Percolator from Starling Travel

After buying some filters (they were at my local grocery store), I felt like an idiot because they were so cheap. I tried again, and I didn’t have any grounds in my coffee that time.

Other than the lack of filters incident, the percolator worked out really well. The video recommends percolating for fifteen minutes. That time depends on how far up the mountain you are. Where I live, ten minutes was great. I’m sure you need less time if you’re near sea level and more time if you’re up high in the mountains. Be forewarned that it might take a couple of tries to get the perfect cup.

Additionally, there are a few other options if you are boon docking. Here is a propane coffee maker from Coleman: Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe at Amazon.com

Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe at Amazon.com

This guy thought it was pretty good:

It costs 84 bucks, which is WAY more than the four dollar thrift store find, but more importantly, it takes up so much space! That little percolator can double as a simple pot to boil water in, so it takes ZERO space in my trailer because it replaces my old one. If I do have electricity, I can just use a hot plate and the percolator instead of packing a automatic drip coffeemaker. The only benefit to that propane coffeemaker is that it is quick. You don’t have to wait fifteen minutes for the coffee to brew.

There is also this option that works on 12 volt power: Roadpro RPSC-784 12-Volt Quick Cup Coffee Maker with 16 oz. Metal Carafe at Amazon.com

Roadpro RPSC-784 12-Volt Quick Cup Coffee Maker with 16 oz. Metal Carafe at Amazon.com

This one works by plugging into your car or RV 12v system. The only problem with it is that it’s just as slow as the percolator. This guy tested with his solar system. It doesn’t draw much power, which is good, but it takes fifteen minutes to brew a pot.

Additionally, it only does a couple cups of coffee. With a good percolator, you can make 10 cups in the same amount of time. So, I decided on the percolator: small, easy to store, and inexpensive.

Now, I just need to convince Mike that we can do boondock camping…

September 17, 2014

A Perfect Campsite

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 12:56 pm

I saw this picture on truckinu’s Flickr site and it looked perfect to me!

A Perfect Campsite from Starling Travel

From the modern teardrop trailer to the changing tent to the tarp on the picnic table, this campsite looks like the perfect place to relax.

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